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Forum topic by hootr posted 03-30-2009 04:01 PM 2690 views 1 time favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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hootr

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03-30-2009 04:01 PM

i went to use some pocket hole plugs for the first time recently on some 6/4 material and they drop out of sight
i only find one size in the catalogs
any ideas on what i’m doing wrong
thanks
ron

-- Ron, Missouri


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lew

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#1 posted 03-30-2009 05:16 PM

Ron,

Try cutting some short dowels and dropping them in the hole, first.

Unless the plugs need to be made from a specific type of wood, it is usually less expensive to use regular dowel stock and make your own plugs

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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hootr

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#2 posted 03-30-2009 06:03 PM

thanks lew
sometimes the best solution is the easiest, and hardest for me to see
ron

-- Ron, Missouri

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Al Killian

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#3 posted 03-30-2009 08:15 PM

Yep, a bs and dowel stock lets you make any size and length. Plus it will be cheaper.

-- Owner of custom millwork shop

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Karson

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#4 posted 03-30-2009 08:24 PM

I bought a drill bit for making pocket hole plugs. I’ve not used it yet and I’m not sure where i found it on the web. But you get to use your own lumber for plugs so you can match the grain or contrasting.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#5 posted 03-30-2009 09:37 PM

This might be the link that Karson was referring to:

Pocket Hole Plug Cutter=

David
Folding Rule Blog

I use the Kreg Jig quite a bit in my shop and have found it very handy!

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#6 posted 03-30-2009 09:42 PM

I just use a 3/8” dowel and a flush cut saw to plug the holes made with the Kreg tool.

Works great and it’s cheap.

If you need them to match the wood used get the 3/8” cutter from this set: http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/654

and cut all the plugs you need.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Karson

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#7 posted 03-30-2009 09:44 PM

David that’s the plug cutter but I don’t know if I bought it from them or not.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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hootr

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#8 posted 03-31-2009 01:47 PM

thanks a lot for the feedback
i see a plug cutter in my future
it just makes sense to use the same stuff your building with especially on the fine furniture
thanks again this place is so cool
ron

-- Ron, Missouri

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#9 posted 03-31-2009 03:23 PM

You’re not doing anything wrong, it’s just that with 6/4 lumber the pocket hole is necessarily deeper to accommodate the extra wood thickness. The standard plugs are meant for 4/4 lumber.

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#10 posted 04-04-2009 01:25 PM

I found out one thing. When using dimensional lumber (i.e. 1 X 4 etc.) The plugs don’t work worth a darn. They are too big.

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